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Leicestershire Police: increasing reporting of same-sex domestic abuse

Leicestershire Police undertook focused work to meet the duty of eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Aiming to increase the reporting of domestic abuse and honour-based violence within its LGBT communities, the Force rolled out an initiative in April 2013. A number of posters and leaflets were produced and distributed in gay-friendly venues and the initiative was promoted via their external website, a YouTube video and local and social media.

As a result of the campaign, the rate of reporting doubled from the previous year. Following this work, a report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) praised Leicestershire Police’s service for victims of domestic abuse, acknowledging its strategic focus on increasing reporting of domestic abuse incidents.